Physicist Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$96,000
$52,000
$96,000
$176,000
Did you know that the average Physicist makes $96,376 per year? That's valued at $46.33 per hour! The range surrounding that average can vary between $52,000 and $176,000, meaning Physicists have the opportunity to earn more once they move past entry-level roles. Most Physicists find a job with Health Care and Education companies, while others work for Manufacturing, Technology, and Health Care companies to make more money. Those aren't the only places you can earn a higher paycheck. Alaska, New Mexico and New Hampshire are the top states in the U.S. to pay Physicists the highest salaries.
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Map of Physicist Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Physicists earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Average Physicist Salary By Location

While a Physicist can average a salary of $96,376 per year, or $46.33 per hour, there are many opportunities for Physicists to make more. For example, in Albuquerque, NM you might make $130,112 per year. Other high-paying locations include Burlington, MA, Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Albuquerque, NM where the average starting salary is $62,000. The highest paying states for Physicists include Alaska, New Mexico and New Hampshire. Meanwhile, Colorado, Idaho, and South Dakota offer the lowest salaries.

Average Physicist Salary By Company

To earn a high income as a Physicist, working for Aurora Medical Group or Community Health Network might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Sutter Gould Medical Foundation and Scripps Health report highly competitive salaries for Physicists.

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Average Physicist Pay By Industry

The salary for a Physicist can vary depending on what industry the job is in. The highest salaries for Physicists tend to be found in Manufacturing, Technology, and Health Care companies. In fact, Physicists can make a yearly salary of $108,187 while working for Manufacturing companies.
Industry
Average Salary
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
$108,187
$108k
Technology
Technology
$95,946
$96k
Health Care
Health Care
$95,736
$96k
Education
Education
$93,540
$94k
Professional
Professional
$80,182
$80k
Hospitality
Hospitality
$76,912
$77k

Physicist Salary History

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Recently Added Physicist Salaries

CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
Clinical Physicist-Radiation Oncology
Clinical Physicist-Radiation Oncology
06/16/2020
06/16/2020
$119,288
$119,288
06/16/2020
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Radiation Physicist
Radiation Physicist
Radiation Physicist
04/28/2020
04/28/2020
$140,200
$140,200
04/28/2020
Physicist
Physicist
02/12/2020
02/12/2020
$184,700
$184,700
02/12/2020
National Institute of Standards and Technology
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Physicist
Physicist
Physicist
11/25/2019
11/25/2019
$96,856
$96,856
11/25/2019
Physicist
Physicist
11/25/2019
11/25/2019
$43,329
$43,329
11/25/2019
Physicist
Physicist
11/22/2019
11/22/2019
$111,135
$111,135
11/22/2019
Goddard Space Flight Center
Goddard Space Flight Center
Physicist
Physicist
Physicist
11/08/2019
11/08/2019
$117,191
$117,191
11/08/2019
Physicist
Physicist
11/04/2019
11/04/2019
$111,135
$111,135
11/04/2019
Physicist
Physicist
10/25/2019
10/25/2019
$184,700
$184,700
10/25/2019
Physicist
Physicist
10/11/2019
10/11/2019
$69,016
$69,016
10/11/2019